Boston: Persons and Places

Mark N. Ozer

Who? Where? When? and Why? are questions to be answered either by a visitor or long time resident. In no other place in the United States is history more ever-present underfoot yet encased in the antiquarian past that obscures its meaning for the present. We explore the physical manifestations of the history as well as the persons and their ideas in each era that created that history. Founded to be a refuge for a holy people, Boston still today retains its commitment to things of the mind and spirit. Reluctant to open its gates to newcomers, the native Yankees retreated into their bastions of privilege. Finally more open to differences, there is now a renewal while still retaining the creativity and idealism that bodes well for the future.

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“Mark Ozer provides an excellent survey of the history of Boston. The physical geography of Boston is shown in a historical context. The time periods are richly illustrated with biographies of the luminaries of the day. It is a good source for information of the political, economic and social forces at work over the centuries in both Boston and the Greater Boston region.” --John J. Devine, Jr, Social Science Department Librarian, Boston Public Library

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. The City on the Hill 1630-1760
    • Introduction
    • 1.1 The Shawmut Peninsula
    • 1.2 John Winthrop and the Rule of the “Saints”
    • 1.3 Increase Mather and the Congregational Church
    • 1.4 Thomas Hancock and the Merchant Elite
  • Chapter 2 The Center of Revolution 1760-1814
    • Introduction
    • 2.1 Boston and the American Revolution
    • 2.2 Samuel Adams and the American Revolution
    • 2.3 John Adams and the Federalist Party
    • 2.4 Charles Bulfinch and Boston Architecture
    • 2.5 The Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital
    • 2.6 Paul Revere and Early American Industrialization
    • 2.7 Francis Cabot Lowell and American Industrialization
  • Chapter 3 Boston the Hub of the Universe 1815-1865
    • Introduction
    • 3.1 Making the City of Boston
    • 3.2 The Athens of America
    • 3.3 William Ellery Channing and the Boston Religion
    • 3.4 Ralph Waldo Emerson and American Philosophy
    • 3.5 Nathaniel Hawthorne and the “New England” Romance
    • 3.6 The Boston Abolitionists
    • 3.7 Boston and the Civil War
    • 3.8 Clara Barton and the Civil War
  • Chapter 4 The Proper Bostonians 1865-1914
    • Introduction
    • 4.1 The Enclosure of the Back Bay
    • 4.2 Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System
    • 4.3 The Back Bay and the American Renaissance
    • 4.4 Charles William Eliot and Harvard University
    • 4.5 Henry Adams and American History
    • 4.6 The Catholic Church and Boston
    • 4.7 Charles Eliot Norton and the Pursuit of Art
    • 4.8 Mary Baker Eddy and the Mother Church of Christ, Scientist
    • 4.9 John F Fitzgerald and Boston Politics
    • 4.10 Henry Cabot Lodge and Immigration Restriction
    • 4.11 Louis D. Brandeis and the Boston Reformist Tradition
    • 4.12 William Monroe Trotter in “Freedom’s Birthplace”
  • Chapter 5 The Immigrant City 1914-1965
    • Introduction
    • 5.1 The Streetcar System
    • 5.2 Dorchester: The Jewish Streetcar Suburb
    • 5.3 Horace Kallen and Cultural Pluralism
    • 5.4 Sacco -Vanzetti and “Americanism”
    • 5.5 Cardinal O’Connell and the Boston Catholic Church
    • 5.6 James Michael Curley and Boston Politics
    • 5.7 Boston Latin School and Harvard ‘53
    • 5.8 The Kennedy Family and American Politics
  • Chapter 6 The New Boston 1965-2010
    • Introduction
    • 6.1 Greater Boston/A Regional City
    • 6.2 Vannever Bush and the Raytheon Company
    • 6.3 The West End and Housing the Poor
    • 6.4 South Boston and Louise Day Hicks
    • 6.5 The Great Migration and Mel King
    • 6.6 Boston Renewed and Tip O’Neill
    • 6.7 Boston Politics and Thomas Menino
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